at the heart of the new Big Lottery Fund's priorities following the
results of phase one of a major UK-wide public consultation published
After receiving more than 2,900 responses, the BLF's
board has taken a series of important decisions, which will act as
the basis for distributing millions of pounds of national lottery
good-cause funds available to the fund for new programmes between now
The fund announced it will adopt a mixed portfolio approach to
funding, with no less than one third of its income distributed via
demand-led, lightly-prescribed, accessible programmes, including an
expanded Awards for All scheme.
In response to the consultation, the fund also announced it will:
* Introduce more flexibility in the length of funding.
* Adopt the principle of full cost recovery by allowing all
legitimate overhead costs to be recovered by voluntary and community
* Strengthen its regional offices to increase the emphasis on policy
development, outreach, partnerships and external relations.
* Establish two operational centres in Newcastle and Birmingham to
make it easier to access funding and to ensure a strong, unified
The fund restated its undertaking to the voluntary and community
organisations that 60-70% of all funding will flow to their sector.
It also re-confirmed that it will continue to fund research and
Clive Booth, the BLF's chair, said: 'We're making
good progress in developing our future funding programmes. Our
consultations over the last six months have been an overwhelming
success, with thousands of people letting us know what they want from
our funding. Certain messages are coming across loud and clear:
people want to be able to use our Lottery funding to give life to
their priorities and their ideas to make a real impact in their
'They want our funding to be flexible and easy to access; they want
disadvantage to be at the heart of what we do; they want us to work
with other agencies to ensure our funding complements, adds value and
is additional to government funding; they want to be able to develop
projects which run across our priority outcomes; they want us to
develop and encourage partnership working; and they value a regional
Sir Clive added: 'The decisions my board has now taken are the
beginning of a process which will ensure we meet all these
aspirations. Over the next few months, my board will begin to work up
our portfolio of new programmes. In March and May, we will consider
in more detail how our funding programmes will be designed, taking
full account of the outcomes of the phase two consultation, which
will be published in May. And we will begin to launch our new
programmes from this summer.'
Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the fund, added that the actions
the fund is announcing today show it is listening to consultation:
'The Big Lottery Fundhas taken important steps forward over the last
few months. We've run a very successful consultation process,
involving stakeholders from all sectors across the UK. We've
listened to what people are saying. And we've made a series of
decisions and announcements in response to this.
'Most importantly, the Big Lottery Fund will be a new and different
Distributor, neither the New Opportunities Fund nor the Community
Fund. Accessibility, responsiveness and, wherever appropriate, a
cross-sectoral approach to regeneration will be at the heart of what
The results of a phase one of public consultation are available:
* Big Lottery Fund is the joint operating name of the New
Opportunities Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board (which
made grants under the name of the Community Fund). The Big Lottery
Fund, launched on 1st June 2004, is distributing half of all National
Lottery good cause funding across the UK.
* The Big Lottery Fund is building on the experience and best
practice of the merged bodies to simplify funding in those areas
where they overlap and to ensure lottery funding provides the best
possible value for money. To date, the two merged funds' have
committed more than£5bn to initiatives with national, regional
and local partners from the public, voluntary, charity and private
sectors, with a particular focus on disadvantage.